By JOE GURINA
Picture caption: Mercia Tumin gets a hug from a team mate after their win against MRDC Hekari.
FROM the beautiful rainy Lae in Morobe Province is Mercia Tumin, another lass who is predicted to make a name in soccer at the national level.
Her brilliant efforts paid dividends when Prima Power FC nailed MRDC Hekari 2-0 in the National Premier League women’s grand final last weekend in Port Moresby.
The Ford Tutorial Grade 10 student in Lae at the tender age of 18 was just amazing when she taking control of play.
She was everywhere on the paddock at the PNG Football Stadium against her opponents.
She contributed a powerful display in giving her side the victory which coach Gerard Obi said the side deserved at the end of the day.
“She is a very skillful player. She contributed a lot on the field and I am very much delighted in the results at the end of the day,” said Opi.
“She exposed her skills and ability in the game and she is the best athlete in my side.”
Obi said she has come off age big time in her achievements and predicts a bright future of the lass.
Tumin had had her first stint in playing soccer at the age of 10.
She said when she had the first taste of football on her leg, she never looked back.
“I knew I had the skills and I was encouraged by my mum Carolyn and dad to take up the sport.”
“So it was from there that I took up the sport. And for me being selected in the side to play at the national level is such a pride I must treasure,” said Tumin.
Tumin aims to represent PNG one day and the dream for her is on the cards as she is a choice better guaranteed by her coach Obi.